WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. A complete denture replaces all missing teeth; whereas, a partial denture replaces the few missing teeth a patient has.
There are a couple different types of dentures that are based on the type of material used. A Valplast denture is made from a flexible acrylic material. This type of denture is aesthetically pleasing and due to its flexible nature, it feels more comfortable. A metal frame denture can also be very comfortable and can conduct temperature more readily – so that enjoying ice cream or hot soup can be more pleasurable. One thing to keep in mind is that metal frame dentures are also able to be modified later on down the road.
When it comes down to it, if you are missing teeth, you need to find a replacement option for them. When dental implants are not an option, dentures are. The reason you need to replace missing teeth is because once your teeth are removed from your jaw, the bone begins to fade away and your face begins to sag where the bone once was.
When dentures are used, your face will remain full and you will not age as quickly as if your face were to begin sagging. Also, dentures allow you to smile with confidence and you will not feel like everyone is staring at your teeth.
Conventional vs. Immediate Dentures
When it comes time to get your dentures, you will be able to choose from conventional or immediate dentures. If you do not know what these terms mean, that is okay. Conventional dentures are ones that are made to be removable and they are placed into your mouth once the gums are healed. It may take a few months for your gums to heal, which means you will not have teeth during this time.
Once your gums are healed, the dentures will be made and then placed in your mouth and adjusted for comfort.
Immediate dentures are another option and perfect for those who need to interact socially with people. For example, if you work in a marketing position in a big name company, then immediate dentures would be best for you. This type of denture is placed in your mouth after your teeth have been pulled, generally, the same day.
As your gums shrink and adjust, you will need to have the dentures replaced and realigned until healing is 100 percent complete.
Caring for Your New Dentures
Although dentures are simply false teeth, you should never treat them as such. It is important that you take care of your dentures just as if they were your real teeth.
If you fail to brush and clean your dentures, they can warp, irritate your gums, become discolored, and even break.
Here are some tips for you to consider when it comes time to clean your dentures:
1. Rinse off your dentures after you eat something. Once all of the debris has been removed from your dentures, you can now brush them thoroughly to remove additional food particles.
2. Once you have brushed your dentures, rinse them off and place them either in a solution to further clean them or dry them off and put them in a secure place.
3. Once your dentures are clean and in their case, you need to know brush your gums, tongue, and cheeks. If you do not, you will suffer from bad breath and your gums may become irritated when you do put in your dentures.
If you take care of your dentures, they will last a long time. It is important to keep in mind that you will need to have your dentures realigned and adjusted from time to time as your gums and jaw shift.
What to Expect When YOU
First Get Dentures
When you first get your dentures, you may be alarmed by the way they feel and this is okay. It will take some time to get used to the way the dentures sit in your mouth and the way your tongue adjusts to them.
It is normal to experience some irritation and slipping as you adjust to the dentures themselves. If the irritation or soreness does not dissipate after a week or two, it is important that you schedule a checkup with your dentist.
You will need to go in for a follow-up examination so that the dentist can check to see how your dentures are fitting and to align them if they need it at the time.
Speaking with Dentures
This is a topic that needs to be addressed for a minute because it is one that patients often ask about in detail. When you first receive your dentures, you will feel as though it is hard to talk and you may feel like you are not pronouncing words correctly. This is okay and it is normal.
You may even hear a clicking noise or you may feel like your dentures are moving around when you speak. This feeling will go away with time and practice. When you do speak, don’t be afraid to simply talk. The more you think about it, the worse it will be and you will constantly be worried that your dentures are going to fall out.
Another good idea to keep in mind is that you can practice talking by reading out loud from a book with your dentures in. Doing this will help you get used to the dentures and you will feel more confident when you actually approach someone and begin to talk.
Dentures are a great idea for anyone who is missing teeth. Not only are they convenient, they look and feel like your natural teeth. Once your dentures are in place, you will receive a boost of confidence that you longed for when you were missing your teeth.